Project place: Dresden, Germany

Project dates:  13th – 19th November 2018

Application deadline: 21st October 2018




“I did not want to be a spectator anymore “– these words from Martin Luther King describe precisely the main aim of the proposed project. Discrimination, violence and racism are everywhere prevalent – bullying in schools, hate speech and hate crime against migrants and refugees, racist insults against LGBTs and minorities as well as sexual harassment against women. The Munich Institute for Law and Economics asked people between 16 and 76 whether they had ever witnessed a violent act. All answered with “yes” whereas when they were asked if they would have helped, 86% said no.

The increasing phenomenon of xenophobia has caused a raise in violent acts in public space. On daily news we see quite often different forms of discrimination and racism against disadvantaged people. Democracy and Peace are threatened and often people are afraid or do not know how to react. But ignorance actually fuels the climate of violence. In such situations, civil courage in everyday life is needed. However, civil courage should advocate a humane and democratic interaction with one another, a culture of recognition and diversity, and the shaping and co-responsibility of an open society.

Frey (2003) describes civil courage as the willingness to engage in actions that require personal courage and relate to preserve and follow norms and fundamental rights in the society.


The main aim of the training course is the promotion of civil courage based on democratic values.

To reach this overarching aim, five intermediary objectives are defined:

– Raising the participants’ awareness about democratic values

– Developing social and cognitive skills

– Strengthening self-efficacy of the participants

– Encouraging personal responsibility

– Building self-esteem and self-confidence

The training course raises the participants’ awareness regarding the need for civil-courage in their daily life. The participants will learn how to take action and defend principles of justice, fairness and morality as well as to speak up in situations marked by injustice and racist discrimination. The participants will learn how to stand up for their opinions and rights and understand that silence is not a solution. 



The training course includes the following pedagogical guidelines:

– Enabling self-determined and holistic learning processes through non-formal learning methods and theatre techniques

– The discussions, exercises and activities of the training course are based on the interests and personal experiences of the participants

– Opening-up experimental fields instead of judging the behavior and the actions of the participants

– Using performative and visual arts as tools to encourage dialogue and cultural interaction as well as to work on the design of campaigns against Hate Speech



  • Age above 20
  • Able to communicate at proficient level in English
  • Youth worker, leader and educator specialised in the youth field, volunteer with experience in organizing and facilitating youth projects funded by the Erasmus+ programme
  • Aiming to develop your knowledge and skills in civic education
  • Should work, volunteer or be actively involved in a youth organization
  • Willing to co-operate and work in a team
  • Open to new knowledge, experiences and ideas
  • Motivated to take part in this training course, be personally interested in its topics and take this training course seriously
  • Prepared and well informed about the topics which are going to be discussed
  • Able to participate in the training course from the 12th to the 19th of November 2018 in Dresden




All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered.

Travel costs will be reimbursed according to the rules of Erasmus+ programme up to 275 EUR.



Participation fee: NONE

Sending fee: 500 MKD